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A Neolithic Game Board from ʿAin Ghazal, Jordan

Gary O. Rollefson
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
No. 286 (May, 1992), pp. 1-5
DOI: 10.2307/1357113
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1357113
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A Neolithic Game Board from ʿAin Ghazal, Jordan
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Abstract

A game board found during the 1989 excavation season at ʿAin Ghazal, Jordan in a Neolithic context can be dated approximately to 5870 ± 240 b. c. (uncalibrated). It is a subrectangular stone slab with two rows of six depressions, resembling the modern-day mancala or wari game boards in use throughout the Arab world and Africa. The game board has parallels with game boards from Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in the Near East, notably Neolithic Beidha.

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